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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,753 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilkie Collins Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Called the first and greatest of English detective novels by T. S. Eliot, Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone is a masterpiece of suspense.

A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth.

When the Moonstone disappears, the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England, no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted. Witnesses, suspects, and detectives each narrate the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid, the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, the drug-addicted scientist - each speculate on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives together.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GW | 2/17/2014

    " It was a pretty lengthy novel, and I had to do read it for a presentation. But I found that after the first 100 pages or so, I really got into the novel. It is really interesting, and it's great. Such a classic novel, and I think I still remember who did it. But I don't want to be confusing the novels up.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/17/2014

    " This book has different sections written by different characters/eye witnesses, and I really like how each character came through in their portions. I also have to say that I suspected several different people as being the culprit at different times in the book, and one them ended up being the thief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Wolverton | 1/27/2014

    " I'd read parts of this before, but I don't remember it being this funny. Loved the narratives by Betteredge and Clack just for their sheer lunacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/12/2014

    " My new favorite book. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first page to the last (and it is a rather large novel)! I was entranced by the characters and the narratives, and I found the historical formality of language quite engaging. I even enjoyed, I blush to add, the overly-academic introduction, as it has been far too long since I've spent much time in lit studies for which I obviously hungered, unbeknownst to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/11/2014

    " a very good book, surprisingly amusing, but not very satisfactory so far as the solution of the crime is concerned and the remarkable Sergeant Cuff plays only a very small role. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nessíma Tavariel | 1/9/2014

    " Wow. I didn't actually get through this one. I struggled through the first half then finally gave up. It just didn't hook me at all. Perhaps I'll try it again someday, because it is, no doubt, a good book, but I'm putting this back on the shelf for now. :/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 12/22/2013

    " Great book if you like victorian detective stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/6/2013

    " Not one of my favourite reads but enjoyable enough. I would recommend The Woman in White for anyone thinking of reading a Collins novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 6/13/2013

    " 3.5 Really liked parts but had some dead zones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 12/15/2012

    " The Woman in White is better... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 11/12/2012

    " Very intriguing. A bit long, but still very good. Ending is a bit abrupt, but first part is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/27/2012

    " page turner mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priya | 2/17/2012

    " A brilliant literary work in the strictest sense of the word. The language was unequivocal, and the plot was gripping with interesting, stolid English characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 10/28/2011

    " Good. I'm reading Armadale now, and even though I'm not a detective story fanatic, both books had me hooked, mainly because of the sheer length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/12/2011

    " This book was great! Considering this was the first English detective novel, it reads so smoothly and really keeps you guessing. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manday | 6/11/2011

    " This was much better than Woman in White, which I did not appreciate at all, but there was nothing that made it stand out either. So, "eh, its OK, whatever"!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/19/2011

    " This book reads like a delicious Masterpiece Mystery Classic. It had wonderfully eccentric characters, a fascinating plot and almost no dead bodies. I had forgotten how good the classics can be. Thanks for the recommendation, Louise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 5/14/2011

    " THE great detective story and with great humor, to boot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/12/2011

    " I found the mystery itself well designed, though eventually predictable. What I enjoyed most about this book was the way Wilkie Collins wrote from various perspectives, particularly those of aging servant Betteredge early on and altruistic Jennings toward the end. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 4/30/2011

    " Very intriguing. A bit long, but still very good. Ending is a bit abrupt, but first part is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 4/22/2011

    " I read the Project Gutenberg version.

    Enjoyable. Very influential on later writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 4/21/2011

    " I can't believe I have never read this book before now! I thought the book and story were great. I really enjoyed reading it. I did think that it was a bit long in parts--The ending especially. It could have been wrapped up much sooner than it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/21/2011

    " Anyone who appreciates a great mystery will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heleen | 4/20/2011

    " This book is a little slow to get going, but I ultimately enjoyed it. It's like Sherlock Holmes with all the trappings you would expect from a Victorian novel: swooning ladies, grumbling detectives, comic-relief from the servants, English countryside. "

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About the Author
Author Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins (1824–1889) studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. Instead, he devoted his time to writing and is best known for his novels The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale, and The Moonstone, which has been called the finest detective story ever written. A number of his works were collaborations with his close friend, Charles Dickens. The Woman in White so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: “Author of The Woman in White.”

About the Narrator

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.